My faith tells me that whatever God has in store for me after I die is OK with me. I don’t need streets paved with gold or harps. Same with the End Times. However S/he wants to end it is OK with me. I don’t need horsemen and angelic armies.
But we do need to answer the question, “What if we destroy the planet before Jesus gets back?” As an old guy, my chances of suffering through the Great Implosion of the environment starting about 2050, are not all that great.
But what about our kids and grandkids?
Recently I heard Thom Hartmann interview Guy McPherson on Conversations with Great Minds. McPherson is professor emeritus of Univ. of Arizona. I read an excerpt from his book Going Dark, then some of the Nature Bats Last blogs at his site GuyMcPherson.com. I found them very thought-provoking and not the typical drivel found in so many blog comments.
McPherson claims that we cannot stop the Great Implosion (my term) because the climate crisis of today is due to our excesses 40 years ago (called a ‘positive feedback loop’).
The best we can do, according to him, is to be with the ones we love now in the moment.
We may be able to extend the horizon of the Great Implosion, possibly even reduce its intensity. The human population will drop from nine billion in 2050, to one billion in 2100. Extinctions of all life may be fewer than 90% by 2100 as now expected.
Even though we cannot control the massive greed of corporations or the politicians they own, we can control our own lives. And the best way to do that is through voluntary simplicity. I know of no better explanation of faith-based voluntary simplicity than the Five Life Standards of Living More with Less.
The Roman Empire executed Jesus and God raised him from the dead three days later. Humans and their civilizations have been killing God’s Creation on Earth for 500 years and the pace has been picking up immensely in the past 60 years. How and when God resurrects life on Earth remains to be seen. I’m confident S/he knows best.
P.S. To believe that the fall of civilization or the Great Implosion of the Earth’s environment will be the trigger for Jesus to return and rescue us is as theologically unviable as the belief that the return of the nation of Israel – NOT the STATE of Israel – will trigger the end of time, as Zionist Christians (sic) believe.
P.P.S. I’ve read Derrick Jensen on the End of Civilization for quite awhile. Since 10/6/13, he has a weekly radio program, Resistance Radio on the Progressive Radio Network (internet), PRN.fm. Listen or download, recently Guy McPherson. (I don’t find a subscription in iTunes.) Beware of other podcasts in iTunes bearing similar names: Resistance Radio (News and Politics, i.e. libertarian), The Resistance Podcast (Sermons from The Resistance Church of the Nazarene, Canton, OH), and The Resistance (Christianity). I’ve listened to each and do not recommend any of them.
P.P.P.S. Earlier this week I began offering a Simple Living Blog Preview service, which will give some worthwhile blogs to consider following – faith-based or secular.
My essay “What Might a Christian Life Look Like?”
My blog Vision of the Future
Chris Hedges: The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Civilizations (video). Christopher Lynn “Chris” Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist specializing in politics and society, spoke at Moravian College on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Hedges is the seventh Peace and Justice Scholar in Residence at Moravian College. His talk was drawn from his most recent book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.
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What’s NOW with SLW!
- SLW! Podcast Episode #19: overviews of Alternative Summer Festivals / Simply Delicious: Quantity Cooking for Churches / Hunger resources from Worship Alternatives + Literacy service
- Not Ordinary Times – April Podcast – Episode 18 – Guest: Peter Sawtell, Founder and Exec. Dir. of Eco-Justice Ministries discussing a new initiative — a challenging call to “be the church” in this time of environmental crisis — backed up with a comprehensive set of resources and background materials that will guide churches through a six-month season of worship and preaching that takes seriously the devastation of the global environment. (The weeks between Pentecost, 6/8/14, and Advent, 11/30, are traditionally Ordinary Time, the non-festival part of the Church Year.) + Resources for Pentecost and Ordinary Time from Worship Alternatives
- Since we’re in Holy Week, you may have something to contribute to our on-going collection Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway? for Lent/HolyWeek/Easter and to our most widely-read annual resource, Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany. Though it’s no longer printed on paper, “WHOSE Birthday?” is published online since 2012. Some editions also come in AUDIO formats. ART | PERSONAL EXPERIENCES | FAMILY ACTIVITIES | Submission Guidelines | All past editions are available on the SLW! site. Thanks to Creative Commons licensing, individuals and congregations can reprint articles without further permission. The articles are carefully indexed — ADVENT/CHRISTMAS | LENT/EASTER.
- Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – April
- Check out a few of these thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.
- In stark contrast to the misuse of farmland to produce biofuels presented in the current episode of TheCommonGoodPodcast, Vicki Robin presents a vision of locally produced food and strong community in Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth. Hear my interview with Vicki on the recent Simple Living Works! Podcast. With Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin wrote one of the most enduring, influential books to have come from the sustainable living movement, Your Money or Your Life.
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